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Romset and name:
thndrbld Thunder Blade (upright) (FD1094 317-0056)
Manufacturer:
Year:
Genre:
Shooter
Category:
Shooter / Flying
Serie:
-
Driver source:
Language:
English
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Only one supported (solo)
Input:
Stick
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
70 to 80 (Good)
MASH All-Time:
Video
Display:
320x224@59.637405 Hz, CRT 15kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Hitachi FD1094 Encrypted CPU, Motorola MC68000, Zilog Z80
Audio
Sound:
2 channels
Audio chips:
Sega PCM, Speaker, Yamaha YM2151 OPM
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.74u2 released on oct-06 2003
Last release:
Mame 0.210 released on may-30 2019
Clone of:
-
Clones:
Bios:
Not required
Use rom of:
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Use sample of:
-
Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
Dump:
GOOD
Required files:
Status
OVERALL:
GOOD
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Unsupported
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  • This Arcade Video game was published 32 years ago:

    Thunder Blade © 1987 Sega.

    Taking control of a heavily-armed battle chopper, the player must battle through a variety of both overhead and 'into-the-screen' 3-D stages.

    Each stage is packed with a mixture of enemy choppers, planes, tanks, boats and static gun emplacements, all intent on bringing Thunder Blade crashing to the ground.

    The player's 'copter is armed with 2 different weapons; a rapid-fire machine gun and air-to-ground missiles - both of which have unlimited ammunition.

    The first half of every stage begins with a top-down, vertically-scrolling section, before switching to an 'After Burner-esque', into-the-screen section.

    Thunder Blade consists of four stages, which are as follows:
    • Stage 1: The game begins in a skyscraper-packed city. Enemies consist of rival choppers, jets, and ground-based tanks and gun emplacements. The level ends over the sea, with the player facing a huge and heavily-armed battleship.
    • Stage 2: This stage begins with the player navigating a desert canyon, before switching to the into-the-screen view and taking the player through a number of stalactite-packed and densely populated caves. A huge ground-based tank awaits the player at the end of the stage.
    • Stage 3: This begins in a river canyon, before moving on to a rain-forest river network. As well the the usual line-up of enemies, heavily-armed boats are introduced. the end-of-level battle takes place in the skies as the player attempts to destroy a massive jet fighter.
    • Stage 4: The 4th and final stage begins with a repeat of the first stage's city level, only this time the action takes place at night. The second half of this stage takes the player deep into an industrial complex, eventually leading to an end-of-game showdown with a massive and heavily-armed gun emplacement.

    TECHNICAL
    [Upright model]
    Sega X Board hardware
    Game ID: 317-0056

    Main CPU: (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 12.5 Mhz)
    Sound CPU: Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
    Sound Chips: Yamaha YM2151 (@ 4 Mhz), Sega (@ 4 Mhz)

    Players: 1
    Control: stick, throttle
    Buttons: 2

    TRIVIA
    Released in December 1987.

    Also released as "Thunder Blade [Deluxe Sit-Down model]".

    Despite bringing nothing new or original to the shoot'em up genre, Thunder Blade was a huge commercial success for Sega. This was down to the superb and innovative use of their breathtaking sprite-scaling graphics technology - used to such stunning effect in "Out Run", "Super Hang-on", "After Burner", etc. The way Thunder Blade constantly switched between overhead and into-the-screen levels was smooth and flawless and helped to disguise the otherwise unremarkable game-play.

    Pony Canyon released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (G.S.M. SEGA 1 - D28B0002) 07/07/1988.

    STAFF
    Music by: Koichi Namiki

    PORTS
    • CONSOLES:
    Sega Mega Drive (1988, "Super Thunder Blade")
    Sega Master System (1988)
    Sega Mega Drive (199?, "MegaGames 3in1 Vol 3")

    • COMPUTERS:
    Amstrad CPC (1988)
    Atari ST (1988)
    Commodore 64 (1988)
    Commodore Amiga (1988)
    NEC PC-Engine (1988)
    Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)
    Amstrad CPC (1989, "Coin-Op Hits")
    Sharp X68000 (1990)

    • OTHERS:
    Tiger LCD Handheld Game (1988): Features 99 levels of play as you pilot your craft to battle!

    CONTRIBUTE
    Edit this entry: https://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=2885&o=2
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